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Chapter 8: Responsibility allocation and solidarity

Migration / BOOK
Francesco Maiani

Date: 11/12/2019

Francesco Maiani tackles the highly politicised debates around the reform of the Dublin regulation and, more specifically, the question of responsibility allocation. The chapter highlights how the current Dublin rules are inefficient and explains why that is the case. The recommendations provided invite experts and policymakers to reflect on some of the overarching questions surrounding these debates, including the various trade-offs implicit in the design of any responsibility-allocation model or the question on how much solidarity is needed for the good functioning of the CEAS. The chapter also calls on EU legislators to take asylum applicants’ agency seriously by selecting responsibility criteria that correspond to their aspirations and real links, and by reflecting on choice-based systems (which could range along a continuum of ‘fullfree choice’ or ‘a limited range of options’). 

This chapter is part of the publication ‘From Tampere 20 to Tampere 2.0: Towards a new European consensus on migration’, which takes stock of the EU’s migration and asylum policies 20 years after the historic 1999 Tampere European Council conclusions. It argues that solidarity and the implementation of common policies are the two building blocks for a new European consensus on migration. The book is the final result of a year-long research project conducted by the European Policy Centre together with Odysseus Academic Network, European Migration Network Finland and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.    

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